A celebration of food, drinks, music, dancing, arts and crafts returns Labor Day weekend at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 555 N. High St. in the Short North.

A celebration of food, drinks, music, dancing, arts and crafts returns Labor Day weekend at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 555 N. High St. in the Short North.

The 43rd annual Greek Festival will be held Friday through Monday, Sept. 4-7, at the church. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for children 12 years old and younger. One admission ticket is good for the whole weekend.

In an attempt to entice Gallery Hop revelers, admission to the festival is free after 8 p.m. Saturday, Festival Co-chairman John Bizios said.

"We're certainly hoping it will encourage a lot of Gallery-Hoppers to come to our event," Bizios said.

Bouzouki player George Karras will entertain the crowd Friday, Saturday and Sunday with folk and modern Greek music.

Karras' performances will be held in the "Greek taverna," created specifically for the festival, in the church's courtyard.

Meanwhile, the coffee and loukoumades (deep-fried pastry drizzled with honey and sprinkled with nuts) will be moved from the courtyard to the parking lot.

Other live entertainment includes the Kakis family, Hellenic Singers and folk dancers who don traditional clothing.

Among the new attractions is a museum-quality cultural exhibit featuring a timeline of Greek history. One of the displays will feature traditional Greek wedding outfits throughout the years.

Food-lovers won't be disappointed this year. Street food -- roasted lamb, gyros, souvlaki and the like -- and richer fare such as moussaka, pastitsio and spinach and cheese pie will return, Bizios said.

A variety of desserts and beverages also will be available.

Greek-style fish and chips and calamari have been added to the food lineup, he said.

"We don't allow any outside food vendors," Bizios said. "So all the food people will be eating at the festival is made by our parishioners."

Imported clothing, beauty products, jewelry and art -- pottery, paintings, ceramics and photography -- will add to the cultural spirit of the festival, said Stacey Stathulis, a spokesman for the festival.

"The Greek Fest continues to be popular in central Ohio because it offers a complete experience -- cultural, religious and certainly the food," Stathulis said.

"There are other places you can go to get Greek food, but people come back to our festival each year because they can get that complete experience."